DayZ sales rise to 875k, dev says beta not likely before end of 2014

Open-world zombie survival game reaches new sales milestone less than a month after release.

Open-world zombie survival game DayZ, which is still in an unfinished state, has now sold more than 875,000 copies since its initial launch on December 16. Developer Bohemia Interactive announced the news on the game's website last night.

The game sold 88,000 copies in 12 hours, 172,500 copies in 24 hours, and 400,000 units during its first week. The standalone DayZ alpha sells for around $30, meaning it has now generated many millions of dollars for Bohemia Interactive.

The developer also has announced that it does not expect that DayZ will reach beta status before the end of 2014.

Overall, Bohemia Interactive said it was surprised that the game has seen such an overwhelming response from fans, mostly because the game is simply not finished.

"We didn’t want to compromise on the brutal and unforgiving nature of the early days of the DayZ mod so we’re very surprised to see such interest as this clearly is not a game for everyone, especially considering that there are some radical changes under the hood in comparison to the mod," CEO Marek Spanel said.

"In the short-term, we’re going to focus on the most critical problems you’re experiencing [at the moment] and at the same time we’re going to work on the road to the DayZ Beta," he added.

Spanel also released a list of the existing top priorities that Bohemia is focusing on to help improve the DayZ experience overall. These are listed below.

  • Server performance, stability and security
  • Animals & hunting
  • Cooking & gathering resources
  • Playable user customizable vehicles
  • Player created constructions in the environment
  • More complex interactions with the environment and crafting options
  • Streamlined user actions and interface
  • Control and animations expanded and improved for fluidity
  • Upgraded graphics and physics engine (including ragdoll, etc.)
  • Support of user mods and more flexibility for user hosted servers and game types

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55 comments
jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

This game is over hyped. I bought it. It's fun for a few hours and then it becomes tedious. Pick up Rust if you haven't already, it's a much better game.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

I really hope this comes out soon, I wonder how big a team that the mod team is, for this game? If it's making money then why not progess on the game? I can only imagine how hard it is to make  a game or mod, but their certainly recieving a bit of money for incomplete game... but I guess that goes for buying into a beta...

dominicplombier
dominicplombier

arma and this game should go to the console too. more incomes more money more development. no idea why they stick with the pc only. mabee later they will realize how much money they lose by staying on a unique platform.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

You know what's funny. This unfinished Alpha sold more copies than pretty much all new console games. But, remember, we master race don't buy anything.

hammoud
hammoud

I'm no game developer and I understand making games takes time but Bohemia in general just seem to be quite a bit slower than other companies.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

 Great, BI Studios, you're rich. Now please use it to improve ArmA 3 at a more rapid pace. It's still in alpha.

thechuck11
thechuck11

I can't be the only one with the small issue of zombies going through just about everything...they'll go right though houses, very annoying, why isn't that on the list?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Here we go. Weekly news articles on how many sales DayZ has made can go head to head with what the latest funding amount for Star Citizen is. :P

alien33
alien33

$26,250,000 in less than a month... I want to make a game too! It's like winning the lottery! :P

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

the thing Im concerned about is that I don't see "Make zombies a actual threat" in the top priorities.

nurnberg
nurnberg

After "DLC",  "free-2-play" and "Kickstarter", here is the latest scam : "early access"

nurnberg
nurnberg

Wow, PC gamers must have nothing to play at all to be desperate to the point of paying full price for a game in alpha state,

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

They still expect to be in Alpha at the end of 2014?  That's some snail-paced development right there.  Luckily they now have an army of beta testers that were not only free but PAID to participate.  Can they not afford to hire more help and get this ball rolling?

danielcliment
danielcliment

I think it would be a lot better for sure, releasing games in such a state is a sign of a lack of interest and plain greed....

danielcliment
danielcliment

well, at least they are  working on it like it should be, right EA/DICE/BF4?...Ahem...!

mattcake
mattcake

It's a bit worrying theyve made $20m+ and still can't get it from Alpha to Beta in a year? I sure hope all you people who paid so far don't get somehow roped into paying again too.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

875K for a game that's in Alpha stage. That's absolutely remarkable. 

I personally would not purchase a game that's at Alpha stage. Having said that, I absolutely love the idea that there are essentially 875 thousand voices shaping the game as opposed to 1 creative director or 1 vision only.

I will purchase the game once it goes full release to support this Early Access. I'm starting to really like this idea.

So much innovation going on at Steam. 

Bravo !

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

To be totally honest there is no point at all in buying this currently.

I would advise anyone considering it to go pick up ARMA 3 instead and play the (breaking point mod).


Dayz is based on the arma2 engine and while it looks nice the game engine is horrible optimized ,has terrible animation which looks like a stick man when you run!, amongst a lot of other issues.


Arma3 looks amazing, the game engine is a huge improvement,  all the animation is motion captured , ragdoll physics,

and so much more over arma2 including the stance modifier button , and wetsuits for underwater combat.


The breaking point mod is actually in much better shape then the current DAYZ alpha and i just cant stop playing this game over every other in my collection.


Playing this style of game where you have to evaluate every action. scan every town before approaching and you are paranoid about everyone because the cost of being killed can give you a sleepless night, its like living in the walking dead series  :))))) 

bouchart
bouchart

It's a lovely hiking simulator where a band of people who survived the apocalypse must fend off deadly clipping issues, dangerous collision detection problems and killer ladders.


I'll pass.

sid_j
sid_j

I hope they hire more devs with those money to speed up the process.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Buying a game 2 years before it's released. New trend incoming.

Hurvl
Hurvl

You've had articles about it selling 88 000, 172 500 and 400 000 already. Now, don't you dare have another "Day Z sales" article until it has sold a million!

Kjranu
Kjranu

So, over 800k paid for an alpha for a game that won't enter beta until 2015 and see official release in fall 2015? Viral... 

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@hammoud That's because they're like 80 guys compared to the 1500 Ubisoft got working on ACIV xD

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@thechuck11 It happens to everyone who ever played DayZ - you are never safe inside buildings from zombies. At least players can't glitch through walls/floors.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@thechuck11 Trust me it is that list is just a big summarize. And it's not just zombies, it's everything xD 

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

@alien33You don't even have to make it... just say you're going to and then build a very basic version of it and call it "early access" then cash out once everyone buys it and never finish the game.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@stealthyninja81 The zombies aren't supposed to be the threat. They're just an extra thing. The people are the threat/

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@nurnberg Even the alpha version is more fun than i had with most console titles this entire year :)

gufberg
gufberg

@nurnberg We dont pay full price. Butthurt much that we get better games than you? 

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

@PJthePlayer2 Rather have it go slow and done properly rather than fast and a mess when it is released ( BF4 i'm looking at you -_-)

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

@danielcliment Would it make it better if EA had just said well BF4 is in Alpha and you are paying for early access? This whole early access thing seems very shady to me. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@AlphaWolF_J  The animation actually looks perfectly fine and the graphics are fine. The only issues that need fixing are clipping zombies, the clunkiness of object interaction, and the inventory system. And zombies could be beefed up or you could actually get infected and die - you can get beaten within an inch of your life by a zombie and as long as you have rags, you'll be fine.


Also:


"Playing this style of game where you have to evaluate every action. scan every town before approaching and you are paranoid about everyone because the cost of being killed can give you a sleepless night, its like living in the walking dead series  :))))) 


That's the point. It's supposed to be like that.


nurnberg
nurnberg

@Tigerbite2 You can be sure EA is already preparing to do it too after those sales.

Yuusha09
Yuusha09

@Tigerbite2If you had said that 2 years ago, you would be correct.  The trend is already here due to Kickstarter / Greenlight.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

@Kjranu Well, uhhh, Beta will cost 40$ and the final version 50$, so....

numbes
numbes

@Grenadeh @thechuck11 they can have you not been swallowed by bolata tower blocks yet? or the prisons on airfields

nurnberg
nurnberg

@gufberg @nurnberg Yeah, I am really jealous of not being able to play a buggy unfinished game in alpha state.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

@Sundberg_man@Tigerbite2Not sure you know the difference between early access and pre order.  You can pre order a game but not give them your money til you have the finished product in hand (which means you can cancel that pre order and not lose any money.)


Early access, you lose your money right then. For an incomplete game, that may never be completed.

blitztwn36
blitztwn36

@RC-Sev @Kjranu ...and then down to $25 during the first Steam sale it sees.

thechuck11
thechuck11

@nurnberg @gufberg  It isn't full priced right now...the alpha will be the cheapest you can buy it, price gonna go up with beta and full release. Besides the game certainly has some issues but its still the most fun i've had in a game for quite some time

blitztwn36
blitztwn36

@RC-Sev @blitztwn36 @Kjranu Yeah, you're right.  I just hate the whole "early access" trend.  I know some people like it, but I like to spend my money on a finished product (insert jokes about Battlefield 4 and other AAA titles being released in a half-ass fashion here).